The large space on 7th Street between D and E that used to house a souvenir shop has a new tenant.
The Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be filling the space. As you can imagine, the space will be an architectural wonder:
Even though it's not a retail, it does bring some life to a stretch of 7th Street that is all-to-empty with the empty Wagamama Space, the empty Hill Country space, and this empty space.
The location will be used for Design professionals, consumers, patrons, visitors, students and community leaders to learn about and appreciate architecture. As you can see from the footprint, the space includes a lot of classrooms:
You can learn more about the Institute and this space here.
A few more pictures of the renderings: